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December 17, 2005

Alternative (?) Energy

I first read this article [jalopnik.com] on Jalopnik about a "Power-Generating Ramp" that was actually pulled from a BBC article [bbc.co.uk]. Great idea for "free" energy, but is it really free? Now I didn't read any claims about it being free, but I don't know if the average motorist will realize the implications of these devices littering the road systems.

The whole concept of these devices is that motorists won't mind a loss of efficiency (aka a lower mpg rating) for helping to generate some energy to power signs, lights, etc. Brilliant when there are only a couple of devices, but with enough devices people will definitely start to notice this loss of efficiency. A couple of small pricks won't kill someone, but enough small pricks and you can bleed out.

Posted by Guy at December 17, 2005 7:30 PM